Thread the Needle Day

Today I think I will thread the needle on my sewing machine. I haven’t been motivated lately but I need to do some mending and work on some projects. Today I will be fixing a dog bed, repairing some grocery bags and maybe even work on the denim seat for a wicker chair. The last time I worked on mending I got almost everything completed. Hopefully I will be just as successful today.

That being said I also need to work on my son’s birthday present. I will be doing a snack pack similar to the one I did for Fathers Day. I will be providing 4 seasonings with popcorn & potato chips. I think he will really like the gift as he does enjoy to cook and these seasonings can be made into a dip or a dressing for salad. I’ll try to share more later in the week.

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Happy Monday!

Had a really long weekend of working.  13 hours on Saturday and 14 hours on Sunday.  A little tired but now 5 days off. Hooray!!!

Today I have taken out some chicken and hamburger from the freezer for 4th of July cooking. Also found some “Firecracker” Johnsonville Brats at the store.  They are limited edition but thought we should try them.  I will also be making a potato salad and maybe some deviled eggs, ice cream and a lemon blueberry spritzer with a kick.  I’ll see what I feel like cooking tomorrow.  What are your cooking the the 4th?

 

 

My plan for this week is to update my PayPal account and then set up my etsy shop for my hand crafts.  I also need to type up some great recipes for my recipe card box and save in my recipe folder on the computer.

 

I  hope to do some more mending.  Our lovely Max (10 month old pittie),

has chewed on a safety vest.

I will be adding a strap to the shoulder of our safety vests to attach our walkie talkies for when we are driving near each other. Hope I get this stuff done this week.  Have to set goals.  Don’t we?  Have a great week!

Sewing & Repairing

On National Sewing Machine Day, I took some time to do some repairs and other sewing projects.  They included restitching the sleeve on a tee shirt.

I had patched these jeans- very comfy – with iron on patches.  However, after being washed many times the patches starting coming off.  I stitched all the edges of the patches so they would stay on and I would still have this one leg of cool looking patched blue jeans.

 

 

 

Next, I worked on replacing the bottom of one of the cat beds with denim.

 

 

 

 

 

It was a little tricky but turned out great and Dude got his bed back.

 

 

The last thing I was able to complete was adding more cushion with a flat pool noodle to Mac’s seat cushion.  This only involved cutting it to size and inserting in the pillow.  Unfortunately the zipper broke yesterday and I will need to replace it.

It was great to get some small projects completed.  Still have to make a new canvas seat for a wicker chair.  I’ll share when I get some more projects complete.  Have a great Monday!

 

National Sewing Machine Day

Since today is National Sewing Machine Day, maybe I should spend some time sewing.  I do need to mend a cat bed, a shirt, a pair of jeans and a chair seat.  Sounds like a good plan. I had a good day yesterday when I finished my fathers popcorn & snack bag for Fathers Day.  I’ll share pictures later this week. Maybe I’m finally getting into the swing of things again.

*Observed annually on June 13 is National Sewing Machine Day.  This day honors the invention of the sewing machine.  It is hard to imagine having to sew things together by hand, stitch by stitch.

Skilled cabinet-maker and English inventor, Thomas Saint, received the first patent for a design of a sewing machine in 1790.  It was intended for leather and canvas, was never advertised and no evidence of it, other than his drawings, could be found.  In 1874, William Newton Wilson found Saint’s drawings in the London Patent Office, made adjustments and built a working model. The London Science Museum currently owns Wilson’s model.

  • Walter Hunt invented the first American lockstitch sewing machine in 1832.
  • John Greenough patented the first sewing machine in the United States in 1842.

 

 

*https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-sewing-machine-day-june-13/

Need a change – – – –

June is almost here and it must be time for a change. We started our wood shop in February and have only sold one American Flag. Had a lot of nibbles in regards to our conversion picnic table but not an order yet. I think our biggest issue is marketing. We have tried a few things that obviously hasn’t been successful: flea market, etsy shop, Craigslist, Mothers Day Sale, new signs, business cards and fliers, even posting on Nextdoor to contact our neighbors. We have also done things like getting our resale permit and getting a Square card reader so we can take credit card payments.

I also was doing well as far as sewing for Christmas presents, birthdays and Mothers Day but can’t seem to get motivated to complete a flag for upcoming holidays. Should have made a flag for Memorial Day. Didn’t happen.

I started this blog in February 2012 and I currently only have 79 followers. Thanks to all that have joined my blog. I need to either change how I blog, try videos, or just change directions. The hardest part for me is sharing personal information. Not that I have an exciting life or anything but the more successful blogs I see seem to share parts of their lives.

I guess I haven’t found what I am passionate about. What’s the old saying? “Jack of all trades but master of none.” That’s how I feel.

Maybe I should set some goals either weekly or monthly. Like complete one quilting project or one wood project or one cross stitch project or one sewing project . . or . .or . . . . .

See the problem. Too many things I like to do. I’m pretty good at them. But get lost with lack of decisiveness. Maybe this is the type of blog I should be doing. Just talking.

Work Space Curtain

The last curtains I have made was for what used to be our bedroom before we moved to the other side of the house.  This room is now my work space.  I chose the fabric because the walls were painted dark green and I thought a green print on white fabric would match perfectly. Since this used to be a bedroom I wanted to make sure light couldn’t get through the curtain so I backed it with a dark blue denim.  You will notice I put loops at the top instead of just a hole for the curtain rod.

 

 

Bathroom Redecoration

In January, I shared the redecorating of my bedroom. Once the bedroom was done we started work on the bathroom. I had this maroon paint which I painted the walls. Then I took a pale yellow for the ceiling. For extra color, I used bright yellow for the accent color: vanity door, trim, towels and rugs.

 

When looking for a shower curtain, Mac picked this white with yellow and grays. Not something I would have picked but it really fit into the color scheme. The shower curtain also made it possible to add a gray color into the bathroom look.

 

 

As we are aware, most shower curtains don’t go all the way to the ceiling. To solve this (to keep the heat in the shower), I had this great white and yellow fabric and made a valance, I guess is what you would call it.

 

 

There are still a few little things to complete like framing the mirror we installed and finish the caulking in the shower. We sort of stopped redecorating for a while but I have really got to finish these couple of little things.. I do have plans the living/dining area but haven’t got motivated to start it yet.

Star Wars Day

I did not understand why May 4 was Star Wars Day until Mac explained to me. Star Wars Day is celebrated because “may the force be with you”. 😉 Get it? It takes me a minute sometimes.

I thought I would give you an update on the Star Wars Quilt I started on National Quilting Day. My biggest decision was how to quilt it. I really have not gotten use to free quilting so I thought I would draw straight lines on the edges and then quilt around the images in the center of the quilt.

I should be ashamed as I have not finished this small quilt yet. I must get motivated. I did add a blue binding instead of just using the gray backing. I think it will look and quilt better. I started drawing the lines for the quilting 2 days ago. My goal is to have this completed in time for my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding anniversary in a couple of weeks. Send me your encouraging thoughts.

Easter Flag

 

I found this Easter Basket in a pack of appliques and thought it would make a great flag. I cut out all the pieces separately so I could embroider them. The plan is to stuff the basket handle and the rabbits separately then attach them to the base of the basket. The rabbit bows will be appliqued once the rabbits are attached. The bow will only be partially filled with batting so I can use that is the way to hang it.

 

 

 

The difficulties with this type of flag is using one color of thread instead of using the colors of the bows. If I make another one, I will make the rabbits a little longer so I can applique directly to them and not to the basket. I will also sew all the batting into place instead of stuffing some of the smaller items so they appear more even. I did have to tack the bunny ears to the yellow bow so they would stand up.

 

 

It turned out great and a little unique as it is not a typical flag shape.

Rice Bag Pillow

I’m not sure where I got this rice bag but it is from a Louisiana rice mill.

 

To make a pillow I first used a white linen to make the inner pillow and stuffed it with batting.

 

I then placed the inner pillow inside the rice bag and hand sewed the opening. 

 

Simple as that and you have a country style pillow for your home.